Kishan Devani, BEM, has been appointed as Honorary Vice President
The Green Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce that Kishan Devani, BEM, FSRA has been appointed as Honorary Vice President.
Green Liberal Democrats' Chair, Keith Melton, said:
"We are delighted to have Kishan join GLD as Honorary Vice President. Kishan's excellent work on community cohesion (for which he was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2020) and racial equality, together with his tireless campaigning will be of great value as we reach out to our diverse community of Liberal Democrat activists."
Kishan Devani, BEM, FSRA is one of three Honorary Vice Presidents chosen by the Green Liberal Democrats - alongside former Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder, and Wera Hobhouse, Lib Dem MP for the Bath constituency, at the group's AGM this weekend.
"One of the great myths of environmentalism," said Keith Melton "…is that it is often thought of as the exclusive reserve of the white middle classes. In fact, as has been discovered with coronavirus too, all communities are affected by environmental damage, whether it is loss of biodiversity, or pollution, or Climate Change. Part of our role as the environmental conscience of the Liberal Democrats, is to challenge false perceptions about the impact of these problems across all ethnicities."
Kishan Devani has expressed his pleasure in accepting the honorary role of Vice President of the Green Lib Dems. "I became a paid-up member of the GLD soon after joining the Party, having recognised the excellent work the group does as a "Think Tank" for the Liberal Democrats on green issues. It becomes more apparent, as time goes by, that BAME communities are often disproportionately affected by air pollution in cities, for example, and should, therefore, become more involved in campaigning for change. I hope my community connections can help to put our green campaigns front and centre in many city areas."
It is a great honour to be appointed Honorary Vice President of the Green Liberal Democrats. As someone who lives a Vegetarian lifestyle and comes from a Hindu background, I fundamentally believe in the Verse from Hindu Scriptures: "Vasudeva Kutumbakam - The Whole World
(The entire creation) is One Family". Hence to be appointed as Hon. Vice President is a matter of personal pride and I shall look to assist the Green agenda going forward both within the Liberal Democrats, across the UK and Internationally".